Monthly Archive:: January 2011

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Bronze Boobie Award

I did it! I have earned my bronze boobies! That’s right, I’ve been breastfeeding for 3 months and I love it.  Sure, it was tough in the beginning and has it’s rocky moments, but it’s been worth it.  After those first 4-6 weeks, it’s been so much easier – practically like second

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Blog Grand Re-Launch & $25 Papa John’s GC Giveaway! *CLOSED*

It feels great to have a new look and complete redesign of the site.  Thank my dear husband, Brian, for his hard work.  (He did have to listen to me and try to deliver on what I demanded, er… wanted.) I definitely wanted to host a giveaway to celebrate and tried to

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Teething Tantrums

I think it’s finally here.  I think my babygirl is teething. She’s about 3 months old, which is fairly normal for it to start from what I’ve read.  I just didn’t know what to expect. Yesterday was a bit of a trying day… lots of crying and fussin’.  At first I thought

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Medela Breast Pump Quality Recall

This message is to all the pumpin’ mamas out there that own a Medela Pump In Style Advanced (metro, shoulder bag, or backpack). I received an email this morning that there is a quality recall.  Good timing too, because I was wondering why it seemed like my pump’s suction was decreasing –

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Save Money by Swapping Baby & Children’s Clothing on ThredUP

[Update] I no longer recommend using them.  Once I found out that you don’t actually make $5 for each box you “sell” I wondered where the actual “swap” idea was in their set up.  They charge a membership fee, charge you shipping, and charge you $5 per box, but when you offer

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12 Weeks Old & Another Hormonal Rollercoaster

I really can’t believe that Rissa is 12 weeks old now! I also think it’s weird that she technically isn’t 3 months until January 31st.  I know why and how it works out like that, but she’s getting too old for me to keep counting the weeks. She’s grown so much and

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My Daughter’s Birth Story: Part Two

<< Part One Fair warning: This post will be long and may include some less than flowery descriptions of the disgustingly beautiful process that is childbirth.  It also may seem disorganized as it is being written stream of consciousness style. Another side note: I originally intended for her birth story to be

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So Big! Two Month Well Baby Checkup

Rissa continues to earn A+s when she goes for her well baby checkups – thank goodness!  That puts my mind at ease, y’know. I mean, I know it’s my job to worry about her more than anyone else ever will, but it’s great to get feedback on her growth.  If she’s growing,

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Changes are Afoot

Wee-ooo, I’ve been working hard this week!  Between caring for Rissy and entering a slew of awesome giveaways, I’ve been plottin’ and plannin’ some redesigning of the site.  Of course, Brian does the hard work of actually building it, but I have to decide what I want and examine other sites. So,

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My New Obsession – Giveaways

When I was little, my mom was a rebate queen.  She collected like nobody’s business and was good at figuring out how to buy things with little out-of-pocket cost and get money and items essentially for free. Nowadays, this world has evolved.  She’s still a whiz with couponing.  I have much to

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Happy Birthday, Mama and Dada!

Today is my parents’ birthday.  Yep, both of them.  I wonder how old I’ll be before this no longer confuses me to think all parents share their birthday… I know life has changed a lot for them since my birthday and this is their first one as parents.  Hopefully I’ll get to

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Cloth Diaper Newbie: Day 1

I was so excited to finish laundering my new cloth diapers – preparing them for use. I’ve never been so excited about laundry in my life! And I was so excited when they arrived that I didn’t get a chance to take pictures before laundering them. I bought a BumGenius (BG) Elemental

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Cloth Diaper Newbie: The Decision

A few weeks ago I started to contemplate cloth diapering. I briefly considered it while I was pregnant, but had the image of the old fashioned way my parents did it: Bulky cloths Nasty wet pails Dunking in the toilet Rubber pants Pokey diaper pins That was yucky and unpleasant. But, as

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Traveling With Baby

We had quite the adventure going out of town for my gramma’s funeral.  It was the first road trip for Aerissa.  The longest car ride she’s been on so far is about 45 minutes one way.  This trip took us 170ish miles away from home.  But, for being a 2.5 month old,

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Unfortunate Circumstances

Some of you may be aware (if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook) that my paternal grandmother passed away yesterday in the wee hours of the morning. I knew her life was coming to an end.  She had a stroke when I was about 15 or 1 6 years old and

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Infant Discovery: Fascinating Hands

Yesterday, Aerissa discovered her hands.  It was very cool for me to watch her as she did so… She clenched her fist at arm’s length, her eyes fixated on this curious thing.  Her mouth is in a small “o” shape as her fist slowly floats towards her face.  Her eyes widen and

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My Daughter’s Birth Story: Part One

Fair warning: This post will be long and may include some less than flowery descriptions of the disgustingly beautiful process that is childbirth.  It also may seem disorganized as it is being written stream of consciousness style. Another side note: I originally intended for her birth story to be a single post.

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Starting 2011 Off Right

Last night I was gently reminded that I haven’t been posting very much around here.  It should get easier to find a few minutes here and there to put together posts as Rissy’s schedule is getting more predictable. I definitely wanted to start the year off right by having a new post.